The future of artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing more rapidly than anyone expected. One of the surprising emerging trends is organizationally specific computer chips. This is an important industry trend for everyday consumer products. Experts believe that AI will become integral to everything from personal assistants and automobiles to transportation logistics and underlying Internet technology. Each of these issues is explored in more detailed below.
Unexpected Technological Innovations in AI
Researcher understanding of AI development exceeds the industry’s capacity to manufacture and deliver consumer products. Some of the greatest modern day advancements are occurring in deep machine learning. Scientific progress outpaces even the most forward-thinking technology companies. This results in realistic AI applications being put on hold until hardware development catches up. The good news for consumers is that the future of AI tech is characterized by a rush to deliver solutions that already have been found to work.
The reasons for the lag between research and development are the limits of modern technology and independent projects in deep machine learning (ML). Matching hardware to AI applications for use today is occurring rapidly, but there remains much to account for. While GPUs have been found to be adept at running AI algorithms, machine learning applications now require custom hardware. Current solutions are turning to organizationally specific computer chips. Another major technological shift that impacts AI development is the transition of computer systems that were traditionally based on binary logic to modern solutions in quantum mechanics.
Company-Specific AI Chips
Organizations like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and IBM are heavily invested in AI innovation. They are finding that their advancements in machine learning require more power than the broad capabilities of processors currently on the market. Rather than limit their applications, a growing number of companies are beginning to develop their own organizationally specific computer chips.
This is a profound shift for the AI industry and the greater technological ecosystem. It could result in the decentralization of global technology. This would reverse the modern blurring of brands that once saw Apple and Microsoft products as incompatible. While such a return to branding dominance is unlikely, it is a consideration. Just imagine a smartphone purchase dictating the purchase of a tablet or laptop for ease of compatibility sake. It becomes apparent how the situation could turn into decisions about smart TVs. But what about the growing number of smart appliances like refrigerators? And then there are the growing applications for personal assistant applications in automobiles.
The Impact of AI upon Consumer Products
If this sounds overly farfetched, consider what is occurring right now in the auto industry. Tesla has serious plans about developing their own computer chips for their line of automobiles. Its project involves forging relationships with Apple. Could this mean that Android owners will not have the same type of compatibility as AI applications become more ingrained in smartphones?
Most people are familiar with AI because of their fascination with voice assistants, but there are numerous emerging applications. From medical diagnosis to security and a robotic workforce, AI technology is permeating seemingly every aspect of modern life. Both the U.S. Army and Israel now rely upon AI technology. What is truly amazing is that many experts believe that we have not scratched the surface of the potential of AI.
The speed at which AI products are entering the market is being outpaced by what researchers already understand. Hardware development struggles to meet the needs of technology companies. Computer chips are at the center of this innovation. There is a trend toward custom processors which could have a profound impact on daily life. Consumers are beginning to feel the influence of AI beyond the personal assistants on their smartphones. As independent companies begin to adjust their manufacturing, AI centric consumer products will increasingly flood the market. The future of AI tech is truly exciting.
About Adrian Rubin
Adrian Rubin is an editor for the New York Daily Herald and the Pittsburgh Gazette. He also writes for newspapers across America. When not working, Mr. Rubin is traveling, taking photos, and volunteering at an animal shelter.